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Digital Subscriptions > Outdoor Swimmer > February 19 > ”I CAN’T STAND BEING IN FREEZING COLD WATER“

”I CAN’T STAND BEING IN FREEZING COLD WATER“

Even if you are prepared and acclimatised, the prospect of swimming in cold water can cause worry and panic. Helen Davis explains how to thrill to the chill

USING INFLAMMATORY LANGUAGE IN RELATION TO THINGS WE FIND DIFFICULT CAN LEAD TO ANXIETY

Facing an upcoming race or event when temperatures have been plummeting can be psychologically challenging. Perhaps you have been preparing for some time, ensured you have acclimatised to cold temperatures, have a decent wetsuit (if you are wearing one) and feel you know your limits. Yet when the important day arrives you see the weather forecast and know the water is going to be really cold. How can you keep control of your thinking so that worry and panic are not dominating your thoughts? Here are some tips to help you approach the situation in the best possible mindset.

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In this issue we explore cold water swimming and ageing in ‘The Tonic of Longevity’; Lindsey Cole, the Urban Mermaid, tells the story behind her swim of the length of the Thames collecting litter; we have psychological tips to help you deal with cold water; Elaine Howley celebrates pioneering Victorian swimming heroine Agnes Beckwith; and coach James Ewart explains how to swim faster by swimming slowly: it’s all in the maths! Plus, event reviews from Norfolk to Bermuda, warming winter recipes, swimming from Corsica to Sardinia and comprehensive UK and international event listings to help you plan your summer swims.